Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract.
Origin: The origin of this species is somewhat obscure, largely because it has been cultivated since ancient times for its edible fruit, but it is thought to have originated in Mexico. Locations within which Opuntia Ficus-Indica is naturalised include Australia, southern Europe, Africa, La, Southern Asia, Southern USA and some oceanic islands with warm climates.
Skin Benefits: Prickly Pear fruit is extremely rich in vitamins E and K, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. It has a high concentration (60.5%) of linoleic acid, an omega-6 essential fatty acid which is known to nourish and repair skin.
Vitamin E is a naturally-occurring antioxidant that acts as a free radical scavenger and offers fabulous anti-inflammatory benefits — and Prickly Pear fruit boasts nearly one and half times the amount found in Argan. Vitamin E is known to help heal wounds faster and aid in skin regeneration.
Test results both in vitro and in vivo (in the lab tubes and on humans) showed that Opuntia Ficus-Indica can protect skin cells against UV light.
A powerful moisturiser, as well as being loaded with essential fatty acids, antioxidants and other vitamins, make cactus fruit extract perfect for helping to brighten age spots, sun damage and hyperpigmentation. Prickly Pear helps strengthen and rebuild the skin’s natural protective barrier and fight back against environmental damage.